State Street consultant contracts approved

Board of Works members have given final approval to two contracts with Indianapolis area engineering and design consultants hired to complete work on the State Street Revitalization Project.

The board gave approval Tuesday to an amended $896,104 contract with United Consulting to complete design and engineering work on the newest addition to the State Street project — a bicycle and pedestrian path connecting Mill Race Park to the State Street area by way of Fifth Street.

The amended contract with United covers the cost of the Fifth Street design and engineering work — which replaces a former plan to construct a path along Third Street — as well as the cost of other work needed to complete the initial phases of the State Street project that have already begun.

Additionally, board members approved a $49,900 contract with Rundell Ernstberger Associates, which will serve as the master landscape architect for the Fifth Street trail.

Dave Hayward, executive director of public works/city engineer, said the city wants to be sensitive to the architectural significance of Fifth Street, which is home to some of Columbus’ most famous architecture. As a result, Rundell Ernstberger will be charged with finding a way to create a trail while also preserving the city’s architectural heritage.

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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5712.